Millstreet Country Park will not Reopen for the 2017 Season

Millstreet Country Park will not reopen for the 2017 season. The decision was taken due to insufficient tourism numbers over the past several years.

A review of all aspects of the 500-acre development, including an open discussion with interested parties, will take place in 2017 with the intention of creating a sustainable future for Millstreet Country Park.

Irish Examiner National Dairy Show 2016 Supreme Champion

2016-10-21-national-dairy-show-2016-championThe Irish Examiner National Dairy Show 2016 Supreme Champion was awarded to Laurelelm Shottel Daffodil owned by Rickey Barrett, Ballinhassig, Cork. Stephen Cadogan, ‘Irish Examiner’ Farming editor, made the presentation at the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet, Co Cork. Also included are, from left: Charlie Gallagher, chief executive of Irish Holstein Friesian Breeders; John Barrett; judge Meurig James; and Carlisle Smith, president of the Cork Holstein Friesian Breeders.

The full results of the National Dairy Show are on the IHFA website.
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National Dairy Show 2016


As always there will be lots to see and do at this year’s National Dairy Show with something for everyone including:

         Over 100 Trade Stands

         Cattle Competitions

         Innovation Award

       National Recognition Award

          Irish Bull Mother and Progeny Display

       Food Village

         Cattle Handlers Competitions

          Special offers

          and lots, lots more

Don’t miss this great Family Day out!

Admission is €15 for Adults, €25 for Families and €10 for OAPs



Transition Year Students studying Barn Owls and Kestrels

2016-03 Millstreet Tidy Towns - Transition Year Project 2016 with Tony Keneally, Wildlife BiologistMillstreet Tidy Town Association are delighted to announce that this year again Tony Keneally, Wildlife Biologist will be running a project with the Transition Year Students of Millstreet Community School. The Transition Year Students have made Nest Boxes for Barn Owls and Kestrels and the Transition Year Students will endeavour to study these magnificent birds. [read more on the project] | @millstreettidyt | Facebook:Millstreet Tidy Town
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March By The Finnow

RobbirtreeOn a budding birch tree the male robin on song
Near where old Finnow river goes babbling along
Though the wind from the high country by Clara Hill
Does blow with a touch of a wintry chill
In mid March in the earlier days of the Spring
When the early nesting birds are commencing to sing
The swallows not yet back on their breeding ground
And the chill of the Winter it is still around
And the old Finnow River in flood waters of brown
Babbles through the fields and bogs by Millstreet Town
Though in shady places by ditch and hedgerow
The wildflowers of Nature in the blustery winds blow
Where Finnow from the high country the Cails does meet
Just west of the Duhallow Town of Millstreet.

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Upcoming Classes at the Secret Garden

The Secret Garden have seven upcoming gardening classes between now and June, on the topics of pruning, propogation, vegetables, maintainance, flowers, and bees. They’ve listed them all below:

Intensive Pruning Workshop – Saturday 27th February  10-3pm.

Price €40 (Includes light lunch, refreshments, handout).

Spring is a busy pruning time in the garden. This intensive one-day workshop will teach you the theory and techniques for general pruning. Specific pruning groups will include roses, fruit trees & bushes, ornamental trees & shrubs, climbers. This class will take place outside, so warm clothing and footwear is essential. This course will be run by Alan Pitcher, who has over three decades experience of gardening and teaching.

Propagation for Beginners Saturday 5th March  10-3pm.

Price: €45 (Includes light lunch, refreshments, handout & materials)

Fill your garden for less! Learn how to propagate your own plants  – you’ll do your own cuttings on the day, as well as sowing seed, all to take home with you.  You’ll also learn how to divide perennials and grasses. Thrifty gardening at its best! continue reading the full article “Upcoming Classes at the Secret Garden”

Since The Last Time I Saw Clara

On the last time i saw Clara it wore a hat of snow
And Finnow bank high in the rushy fields with a loud babble did flow
On towards the great Blackwater on that bleak December day
And the hungry cattle in the farmyard sheds were bellowing for silage or hay
As i boarded the bus for Rosslare in the Square of Millstreet Town
From the gray sky of early evening the rain was drizzling down
I was just one of the many in Duhallow back then not rare
Who took the migrant ferry for Fishguard at the harbor of Rosslare
Unlike the migratory swallow i did not return in Spring
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Mairead is the new President of Veterinary Ireland

Mairead Wallace-PigottCongratulations to Mairead Wallace-Pigott of Millstreet Veterinary Group who today took over the Presidency of Veterinary Ireland, from outgoing President John O’Rourke.

In the Veterinary Ireland press release she: said that as a profession, vets need to promote prudent use of antibiotics. “To this end, we need to be diligent in prescribing or supplying antibiotics only to our own bona fide clients, where we have full in-depth knowledge of the animals and their environment and an ongoing working relationship with the owners.”
Need to Sustain Rural Practice: The incoming President said that as a mixed practitioner, she would like to work towards finding ways to sustain rural practice and the veterinary infrastructure (both human and capital) necessary to serve our communities.
“The sustainability of these practices impact not only on the services we can provide for our farmer clients and pet owners in rural areas, but also on the provision of jobs for our new graduates so that we can retain the professions greatest asset, our young well educated vets. These young vets need support, mentoring, a good work /life balance and a realistic salary when starting out. To this end I would like to see co-operation between neighbouring practices and/or amalgamation of practices to provide a better working environment, economies of scale and life balance for all. I have personal experience of being part of a practice amalgamation in 2000 and it was one of the best things we ever did.”
“Veterinary Ireland represents vets involved in all aspects and areas of veterinary medicine as well as those involved in the various streams of clinical practice. As President, I would like to see better recognition of the vets’ role in food safety, animal welfare, public health, research, academia and business,” said Ms. Wallace-Pigott. continue reading the full article “Mairead is the new President of Veterinary Ireland”

People’s Climate Change March in Cork, Sunday 29th Nov. starting at 2pm

climate change march posterA number of organisations, including Trocaire have organised a march to mark the beginning of the Climate Change Conference (COP 21) which will begin at the start of December 2015 in Paris.  It will be the largest gathering of world leaders for such a gathering.  Among the aims of the conference is the agreement on legally binding targets for all countries to adhere to with regards the level of carbon emissions they are responsible for.  Marches will be taking place in Dublin, Belfast as well as Cork on Sunday 29th November to show the leaders attending the conference that ordinary people want them to set these targets and to take meaningful steps towards counteracting the causes of global warming, the effects of which have a particularly devastating impact on poor communities in developing countries.

This is a reminder that the People’s Climate March in Cork City will begin at 2pm on Sunday 29th November where the Grand Parade and Oliver Plunkett Street intersect.  It’s an event for all ages.

National Dairy Show 2015

National Dairy Show 2015

Saturday 17th October in Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co. Cork.

20 pedigree Holstein & Jersey classes
Finals National YMA Showmanship League
Live demo/discussion on Herd Health
Automative bedding trial
120 Trade displays
Great family Day out:  Model Farm Displays   Bouncy Castle / Face Painting
2015 Judge: Harold Sweetnam, Manitobe, Canada

Lifetime achievement Award
2015 Innovation Award

Saturday 17th October ‘15
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Super Blood Moon in our Skies tonight

Night owls and amateur astronomers will be looking to the skies in the middle of tonight to see the moon turn red during the total lunar eclipse. The full “super blood moon” is due to last over an hour for us, and thankfully it looks like we may have clear skies :-).

Partial Eclipse starts at: 2:07am
Full Eclipse starts at: 3:11am
Max Eclipse is at: 3:47am
Full Eclipse ends at: 4:23am
Partial Eclipse ends at: 5:27

The next total lunar eclipse for Ireland will be in 2019, while the next total solar eclipse will be in 2027 🙁

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Millstreet Country Park’s Wildlife, Food and Foraging Weekend

Gourmet Evening Cancelled – Full range of events for the Wildlife Day and Foraging Day

We thank Orlaith for the Poster. Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)
We thank Orlaith for the Poster. Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

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Bat Walk and Talk

There will be a Bat walk and talk in Millstreet Country Park with guest speaker and bat specialist Conor Kelleher on Thursday the 13th of August at 7.30pm. The talk will be held in the Visitor Centre and walk leaves from visitor centre. This talk is aimed at adults, but children accompanied by adults are welcome.

This promises to be a very interesting evening. Contact Lorna at the Park on 029-70810 for further information. Booking required for this event.

Your Dog Matters Murphy, is a dog trainer and behaviourist, new to the Millstreet area.

“I’m a dog behaviourist, and I’m here to help you and your dog to live in a harmonious way. I’m here to help you to resolve any and all problems that you encounter along the way. Please read through my website for helpful information, and if you need my help on a particular matter just call me…”

The website is My phone number is 0872583784, and my
email address is <email>

Tubrid Holy Well Rhododendron Features in Prestigious Garden Magazine

A purple and red Rhododendron which is beautifully located on the Grounds of Tubrid |Holy Well has featured as a prize-winning photograph in the May 2015 issue of "The Irish Garden".  We thank James O'Sullivan for alerting us to this very interesting feature.  Pictured from left beside the very special Rhododendron - John O'Sullivan, Rathduane, James O'Sullivan and Pat O'Keeffe from Garryvoe.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
A purple and red Rhododendron which is beautifully located on the Grounds of Tubrid Holy Well has featured as a prize-winning photograph in the May 2015 issue of “The Irish Garden”. We thank James O’Sullivan for alerting us to this very interesting feature. Pictured on Friday, 19th June 2015 – from left beside the very special Rhododendron – John Anthony O’Sullivan, Rathduane, James O’Sullivan, Claraghatlea and Pat O’Keeffe from Garryvoe. Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

2Tubrid Holy Well 19th June 2015 -8001Tubrid Holy Well 19th June 2015 -800Tubrid Holy Well is wonderfully enhanced by the landscaping surrounding the Well adding further to the exquisite ambience of continue reading the full article “Tubrid Holy Well Rhododendron Features in Prestigious Garden Magazine”

Wild Summer Camp 2015 at Millstreet Country Park

We thank Orlaith for the Poster.  Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)
We thank Orlaith for the Poster. Click on the image to enlarge.   (S.R.)
Time Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
10am Arrive Arrive Arrive
10.10am Stone Circle Crannog Fullacht Fia
11am Duck Race Scavenger Hunt Nature Colour Code
11.30am Letter Hunt Obstacle Course Sensory Garden Game
12pm Lunch (Ham or Cheese Sandwich and unlimited Juice + Treat) Lunch (Ham or cheese sandwich with unlimited juice + Treat + flower ice cubes) Lunch (Chicken Nuggets and chips with unlimited juice and edible arts and crafts cookies)
12.30pm Collect Edible Flowers to make Ice Cubes Clay Habitat Animals Pond Dipping
1pm Mont Des Art and Deer Mini Beast Hunt Orienteering
1.30pm Park Rover / Butterfly Walk in Meadow Egg and Spoon Race Decorate Pots and Pot up Pollinator Friendly plants to take home
2pm Edible Arts and Crafts(Cookies Cut out in shapes of animals and leaves) Edible Arts and Crafts (Cookies get iced) Duck Race / Park Rover
2.30pm Eco Web Game Nature Table Certificate Ceremony and hand out goody bags
3pm Depart Depart Depart

Farmers have Hearts

2015-05-20 Conor Sheahan on the TV3 NewsBalinatona farmer Conor Sheahan appeared on the TV3 news yesterday revealing his shock at how a free health check at a mart revealed he was obese and at risk of a heart attack. He heeded the advice, changed his diet and lost a stone in a few months.

See the video on the TV3 Player (from 14:35 to 16:10)

The piece is on the back of a survey reporting that farmers are seven times more likely than normal to die from heart disease – see this article on the Irish Independent. continue reading the full article “Farmers have Hearts”

Shutterbug Finalists

2015-05 Jack O' Riordan Adam Keane - through to the finals of ShutterbugsCongratulations to two local boys, Jack O’ Riordan aged 6 from Boherbue NS and Adam Keane aged 9 from Lismire NS, who are through to the finals on RTE’s bug-finding series Shutterbugs!

Jack and Adam produced a video reel for the final over the weekend at Duarriglewoods, Brookpark Kilcorney and Millstreet Country Park. Earthworms, Ants and Red Deers was their challenge which they completed and recorded findings at Millstreet Country Park’s lab with Philip Cremin their tour guide on the day.

Producer from RTE Ciara Baker congratulated the boys on their fantastic production.

The  Shutterbugs page with videos is located at